Hardball | January 30, 2013
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>>> let me finish tonight with this. sometimes 90% just isn't good enough. ask mitch mcconnell , the most powerful republican in the u.s. senate who, despite that lifetime approval rating from the american conservative union is now out of step with some kentuc kentuckyans on the right. a recent poll found twice as many people promising to vote against mcconnell. and obama and only 34% of republicans. mcconnell's supposed misstep, the positively audacious acts of helping to craft the 2008 wall street bail out and negotiating with vice president biden, an aversion to the fiscal cliff a few weeks ago. another gop senate seat could succumb to the purity effort. and, worse, instead of halting these self-inflicted wounds, many are changing the way electoral votes are tabulated. gop officials in pennsylvania, florida, michigan and ohio have considered abandoning the winner-take-all approach. the ramifications would be significant. if every electoral vote in the country were awarded by con congressional district , mitt romney would have won the electoral college 276 to 262. if fl n, michigan,ohio, pennsylvania, wisconsin and virginia adopted the new system, obama's sizable margin would have been reduced by just 4. luckily, republican leaders are throwing cold water on those efforts. and i think they're doing their party a favor. it's crazy to tinker with the electoral college system while losing winnable senate seats to the fringe factor. and fixing that dynamic should be the m r party's priority. instead, mconnell might turn out who was dpeemed unak septemberble by a relatively small but passionate cadre of voters. or fighting for a system of more open primaries. that's "hardball" for